Month 5:13, Week 2:5 (Chamashee/Teruah), Year 5935:127 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 12 August 2011
Who Exactly Are They?
I am sure some of you have heard some of the megabuck charismatic preachers talking about how they are specially 'anointed' by 'God' and under special divine protection. You may even have heard Benny Hinn pronounce a curse on anyone who dares come against him or his minstry because he was specially 'anointed' by 'God' as a 'prophet'. And doubtless you have also heard Psalm 105:15 quoted in defence of this position. But how many of you know that this teaching originated with King James I of England in defence of his belief of the Divine Right of Kings? And how many of you know that the specially crafted 'King James Version' contained the King's express instructions to the translators to remove the word "congregation" (which had been used in the Geneva Bible before it) and replace it with "church" (to justify the King's claim that the Church of England was the 'true church') but all the old footnotes of the Geneva Bible, that clearly explained what passages like Psalm 105:15 meant, were to be rmoved?
"When they (the childen of Israel) went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, 'Do not touch My anointed ones (Israelites), and do My prophets no harm'" (Ps.105:13-15, NKJV).
The Protestant Geneva Bible read:
The footnotes read:
"Touche not mine anointed,h and doe myi Prophets no harme" (Ps.105:15, Geneva Bible)
The Geneva Bible correctly argues that the "anointed" were Yahweh's people as a whole and therefore this could not be a reference to any king. Indeed, the Geneva Bible is packed with so many helpful marginal notes including several that challenge the authority of the King to do as he chooses with his subjects that it becomes readily apparent that the King James Version was essentially a political translation to bolster the untruthful 'Divine Right of Kings' and to lend credibility and authority to the State (Anglican) Church which was created by a lusty King (Henry VIII) to justify his adultery and to centre all power on the King.
- h Those whom I have sanctified to be my people
- i Meaning, the old fathers, to whom God shewed himself plainly, and who set forth his word
The reference in Psalms is, of course, to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant. To whom does it refer in the New? To the children of Messianic Israel - those who have accepted Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus) as King (Sovereign) and who are, like the Old Covenant believers, obeying Torah. This includes additionally, as Psalm 108:15 tells us, those who have the authentic prophetic gift, a gift which will include (in the New Covenant):
Thus this anointing is not given to lawless Christian preachers nor to lawless believers in general, but only to those who are trusting in Yah'shua (Jesus) with all their levim (hearts) and who seek holiness (set-apartness) through obedience to the mitzvot (commandments) and are under the Shavu'ot Covenant which can only come about through faithfulness to the Festivals of Yahweh.
- 1. Pointing to Yah'shua (Jesus) as Messiah, Elohim (God) and King of Israel;
- 2. Pointing to Torah-obedience; and
- 3. Giving contemporary (prophetic) messages for Yahweh's anointed people today - forth-telling and fore-telling the future.
Those who have 'prophetic anointings' which give them 'spiritual powers' (such as Benny Hinn's knocking people over or getting them to laugh uncontrollably) are not operating in the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) but in the psyche because they are not obeying Torah under the New Shavu'ot Covenant in Messiah. And if they are not under the control of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) then their 'gifts' are always mediated by demons.
It should be plain, then, that the correct anointing is important since everyone trusting in Yah'shua (Jesus) who has been born again and who is seeking obedience to the mitzvot (commandments) is anointed! Amongst these, Yahweh raises genuine prophets, as of old.
So be careful of the King James Version, however excellent it is in other respects, and Bible translations like it that perpetuate the 'church' myth. The anointed are Yahweh's people as a whole, with each receiving his or her own special gifts from Him!